Leading children’s charity Kibble put a ‘spring’ in the step of those at Forest View residential children’s houses last week, surprising youngsters with an Easter egg hunt across its leafy Lochwinnoch campus.

The trail, dotted with clues and activities guiding the children to their chocolate victory and the Easter Bunny himself, was organised by the staff and care team at Kibble’s Forest View to bring some Easter themed ‘egg-citement’, while encouraging young people to enjoy the brighter weather during the holidays.

Kibble specialises in the care of children and young people who have faced adversity, and the Forest View houses, Ness and Tay, are safe and loving for youngsters 5-12 in the rural village of Lochwinnoch.

The Forest View campus, and the care it offers, is designed upon trauma-informed principles, using the outdoors and play as a form of education and therapy.

Making the most of the outdoors, staff created a trail with a number of clues for the 12 children taking part in the Easter festivities, with each correct guess leading to a plastic egg with each child’s name on it.

One hint encouraged children to take part and win a jumbo egg brimming with Easter treats, while the final hint led to the Easter Bunny, who reportedly felt right at home amongst Forest View’s natural environment surrounded by nature, plants and animals.

The trail was eggs-travagantly decorated for the occasion and the event was supported by Aldi Scotland, with a generous donation of Easter eggs, chocolate lollies and cupcakes for the children to enjoy.

Lynsey Naylor, Service Manager at Kibble, said: “Our fun events are a lovely way to bring us all together. Kids enjoyed the opportunity to run around the forest and grounds, searching for clues, learning new skills, strengthening their friendships and sharing their views about living in each of the houses.

“A big thank you to Aldi Scotland for their kind donation – young people were over the moon to receive such a mix of easter goodies.”

Richard Holloway, Aldi Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “It was a pleasure to support Kibble’s Easter activities and provide some goodies for the children to enjoy. A huge well done to Forest View’s staff for creating the trail, and to the children who I hear conquered every clue.”